Maybe even more addictive than doing art is buying art supplies. I must admit to having more materials than I could possibly justify buying, including quite a few Moleskine sketchbooks I nabbed on sale. However, when we were in Bristol the other day I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stop in Cass Art, a good art store with great prices. My biggest criticism is that the selection is very limited. In watercolours your only choice is either Winsor Newton Cotmans or Professional paints, but you can’t beat the price and there is almost always some sort of offer going on.
Have I already mentioned I have a sketchbook collection? These Derwent Cachet (Cass Art Cachet on the site) are brilliant with 80 pages of 90gsm paper. They open flat, can take any fineliner or brush pen without bleeding. Even Copic markers only bleed through the back of the page that you used them on, and it’ll take a very light watercolour wash. At £2 for the small Moleskine size and £3 A5 size I’m amazed I didn’t buy a dozen.
I’m very happy with the price and quality of this watercolour paper. Cold pressed 300gsm paper can be expensive to buy, but this was only £17.50 and should last me a while. I also picked up some masking fluid and another paper of fineliners. These are Derwent Graphik fineliners in the sizes I use most: .1, .3, and .5mm. To be honest I probably bought it because of the cute case.
And finally I bought some watercolours. I have heard great things about quinacridone pigments and was really keen to try Quinacridone Gold (W&N Professional). It is my perfect warm yellow – golden brown. Not heavy and opaque like cadmium yellow or yellow ochre. I also picked up Alizarin Crimson Hue and Paynes Grey (Cotman). I don’t think they are very lightfast but I wanted some more transparent colours.
I’m hoping this will keep me going for a while because I am declaring March a No Buy Month to make up for my spending.